April 27, 2011

Art Parts Binder - Page 4 and Summary

Hello all....

Today I'll share the last page of my art parts binder.  I had a lot of fun making this, and hope you've enjoyed following along.  In case you missed the other posts here are some links....

As with all the other pages, I started by covering the chipboard pages with paper from Tim's new Crowded Attic paper stash, wrapping the edges with tissue tape, adding Tim's reinforcers to the binder holes, and laying a base of color using Ranger Color Wash sprays.

Here's page 4 (front):

Background:  color wash sprays in stream, meadow, espresso and butterscotch.  Added white "drippage" with white airbrush paint by Golden.

Then ran the new weathered clock die through "Vivian" (my Vagabond.... LOVE!) using grungeboard, painted with black paint dabber and added gold accents over the black with the gold paint dabber (smudged some onto the craft sheet and used my finger).  Did same for hands of clock.

Added the main portion of the clock to the corner, and the remaining parts of the clock to other places on the page.

Used the art parts bookplates (small) for the sentiment.  Painted the frame with gold paint dabber and added black accents by using my finger and the jet black archival ink pad.  Covered the center of the frame with manila card stock, sprayed with meadow and stream color wash, and stamped the sentiment in jet black archival ink.

And, finally, here is page 4 (back):

This time, I started with color wash in red pepper, butterscotch and meadow, added white drippage (heavily sprayed with water to spread, run and DRIP).  Then I used distress stain in peeled paint, walnut stain, and barn door to create the splatters.  I first saw this done over on Hels' blog and it's a great effect! 

Added the art parts hand, painted with red paint dabber and added the "handmade", which I stamped on manila card stock and distressed with antique linen distress ink.

I added the lock with some dictionary paper behind it (and yes.... I'm a big Twilight fan... hence "Eclipse").

And then added the 10:36 art letters in grungeboard (from the alphabet soup set), inked with vintage photo distress stain, and then melted wax pellets over the background.  It didn't show up as much as I hoped it would, but it was my first play with beeswax, so... live & learn.... I'll be trying it again though!

Hope you've enjoyed my art parts binder.  All the supplies used can be found on-line in the US at Simon Says Stamp or eclectic Paperie, in the UK from LB Crafts or Art From The Heart, and if you live locally in the Baltimore Washington area, at The Queen's Ink

Thanks again to Tim Holtz & Wendy Vecchi for putting their inspiring ideas together!  Go make some awesome art! 

See you soon!

~ ellen.

April 26, 2011

Art Parts Binder - Page 3

Hey there,
I'm starting to really get excited.... I've been following along so closely with Hels' excitement about going to Ranger U that I practically feel like I'm going, too!  Granted, if I'm really lucky, I may get a very short sneak peak at the very end of it when I go to pick up Hels, but let's face it, it's really not the same thing.... but even so.... I'm so excited!

Back to our regularly scheduled programming..... continuing on with the Art Parts Binder....
Before I get into the details.... let me just say... I am in LOVE with Dylusions stamps!  If you don't know about them... here's the scoop.  They are designed by Dyan Reavely and manufactured by Stampers Anonymous (same as Tim Holtz & Wendy Vecchi's stamps).  Dyan owns Art From The Heart in the UK and is best known for her art journal work.  Her style is eclectic, funky, bright and I love it!  This is my first Dylusions page....we're up to page three.... here's the front...

Started with color wash sprays - meadow, stream and butterscotch.  Then used the leafy vine border stamp across the bottom of the page, the birds flying across the top, and the hand-stitched border around the edges.  All Dylusions stamps. 

Add some prima flowers from my ever-growing flower stash... I keep telling myself that I do not need any more flowers... I've got more flowers than any 5 people need, yet when I see beautiful new designs I just can't say no... do you have that problem?

Sketched around the outline of each leaf with a white gel pen.  Dyan's stamps are so versatile - I did this whole page with just 3 stamps, and could have done it with two... gotta love it.

Moving on to the flip side - here page 3 (back):

Once again, started with color wash... this time, butterscotch, espresso, and red pepper.   Then used a glimmer screen and white paint dabber to outline the tree. 

Added some beaded trim to the top and some Maya Road crochet/pom-pom trim.  Found this quote while doing my canvas album / bucket book, all about travel and really liked it.  This particular tree makes me think of Africa, so the travel quote seemed to fit.

And of course.... the "Artist" stamp... One of my favorite "Tim" stamps.  Stamped on manila card stock, accented with distress ink, and mounted it on corrugated cardboard.  Instant embellishment.

The pictures don't show it well, but I painted the entire background (except for the tree) with a thin layer of rock candy crackle paint.  It really makes the colors more vibrant.

Tomorrow I'll be back with the 4th and final page - hope you stop by to see it.  Have a great day!

~ ellen.

April 25, 2011

Art Parts Binder - Page 2

Hello again....

Continuing along on the art parts binder journey.... if you'd like to see the binder itself, click HERE.  If you missed page 1 (front and back), click HERE.

As with the other pages, the base is chipboard covered with Crowded Attic paper, reinforcers at the binder ring holes, and tissue tape wrapped around the edges....

Here is page 2 (front):

This time I chose wild plum and butterscotch color wash sprays.  Then I glued a piece of the new Graphic 45 tissue paper over the background and tore the edges so it would be inside the frame of the page.  White washed over that, and then dripped dimensional pearls (watered down on the craft sheet)  down the length of the page.  Gives a nice accent and just a hint of shimmer.

Added the new mini bird cage mover & shaper die, painted with mushroom paint dabber and highlighted with a touch of white paint.  Added the ball chain with art glitter glue, which is quickly becoming my "go-to" glue.  It dries clear, sets quickly, and it's really strong! 

And, what's a bird cage with a bird?  Added the mini bird and mini branch, also mover & shaper dies. Painted the bird white and the branch with espresso paint dabber.  There was a little something stuck to the bird before I painted it and, happy accident, it's perfectly placed to look like the eye!  

Added the ornate bookplate (whitewashed) and adage ticket (coated with rock candy crackle paint). Love the aged look of the white washed metal - very shabby chic!

And... here's the back of page 2:

Meadow, red pepper, butterscotch color wash sprays. Then used the splotchy stamp with white paint dabber over the background.  No drippage this time!

This is one of my favorites... I've been wanting to use the new kraft glassine paper, and this was the perfect opportunity. 

I cut two sheets with the tattered floral die, crumpled the flowers up, and layered the two larger flowers together, and then the two smaller flowers together (all with art glitter glue), added an accoutrement button from Tim to the large flower, and a Maya Road resin flower to the small flower.

The "stems" came from my hydrangea in the garden - last year's woody stems... I now have a collection of them in a vase in my studio.... Added some link chain and a token as if it was hanging from the flowers.

Hope you're enjoying following along with the binder pages - I'll be back tomorrow with page 3!

Have a great Monday!


ellen.  xxx

April 24, 2011

Art Parts Binder - Page 1


As promised, I'm back to share the first couple pages from the Art Parts binder I finished yesterday. Click HERE to see the details if you missed yesterday's post....

All the pages were cut from chipboard (the backer boards from paper stacks are *perfect* for book pages), covered with paper from Tim's new Crowded Attic paper stash, reinforcers added to the holes for binder rings, the outside corners rounded with a Corner Chomper to match the book covers, and then wrapped tissue tape around all the edges.

Here's page 1 (front):

Started with color wash sprays in red pepper, meadow and butterscotch.  Let the colors run together & bleed, then blotted with paper towels, and repeated to intensify colors. 

Used letters from the Ransom alpha parts set to spell out "spring" - dabbed with Inka Gold (green) and then smudged with a little jet black archival ink (finger tips work well for this).  

Used the new mini rosette die to cut the rosette pattern from card stock.  Used 1 medium and 2 small rosettes, with vintage buttons threaded with hemp hot-glued as centers.  Stems are from a heavy jute, with book text leaves inked with peeled paint distress ink. 

Finished off this page with my all-to-frequently-and-recently-used-favorite technique.... (*drippage*).... just love using white airbrush paint, straight from the bottle, dripped from the top of the page and sprayed with water to bleed and run.  I like the fact that I never know exactly where the drips will go - and with this page, I love that it dripped over and around the elements that were already glued down.  Stay tuned.... more drippage to come in the following pages....

And on that note... here's page 1 (back):

Also started this page with color wash sprays - stream, butterscotch, and espresso.  As promised...more white drippage, but this time did the dripping before any other elements were glued down.   I've been *dying* to use the new umbrella man die, so started by gluing dictionary paper on grungeboard, and then ran it through the Vagabond.... whom I have named "Vivian".... she's fabulous!   Inked said man with brushed corduroy distress ink, with black soot around the edges for definition.

Cut the canvas heart with the movers & shapers die, sprayed with red pepper color wash, added "Believe" philosophy tag with lettering accented with snow white paint dabber. 

As chance would have it.... the dictionary page I used above actually had the word "umbrella" on it... and it was already mounted on grungeboard.... and it wasn't part of the umbrella man die-cutting... so I decided to cut it down and add it to the piece!  

Singin' in the rain was done on the DYMO labeler - quick way to say whatever you want!  Outlined each word with white gel pen.  Music notes were cut from sizzlits dies, black card stock, and given a layer of glossy accents.

There you have it.... 1 page down.... 3 more to go.... come back tomorrow to see what's next!

Thanks for stopping by - see you tomorrow!

~ ellen.

April 23, 2011

Simon Says...Let's Make an Art Parts Binder!


Sorry it has been so long since I checked in!  Non-art life took over for a while, and then the *mojo* took a little vacation... but this week it returned and life calmed down a bit so I had a good long play with an Art Parts Binder!  Seriously... that Wendy Vecchi & Tim Holtz... conspiring together to bring us both the art parts book covers (Wendy),  the book cover stamp set, and the binder rings (Tim)!  All designed to work together - completely inspired... I hope they decide to conspire again - good result!! I suppose co-operate would be a kinder term.... but I like the feelings that "conspire" evokes... secret Skype meetings and emails... who knows how it all came to be, but it sounds much more exciting... :D 

This week's theme on the Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge, hosted by THE lovely Linda Elbourne,  is to use a Tim Holtz technique... so I figured I'd play along.... click HERE to check out the other projects - there's still a little time left to join in, but hurry! 

Today I'll be sharing the binder itself, and then will share the inside pages over the next few days... can't put all 60 pictures into one post!  So... off we go!

I started with Wendy's Art Parts binder covers (large), covered them with Tim's new kraft resist paper (I'm in LOVE!), and then inked with rusty hinge, crushed olive and vintage photo distress inks.  Here's the front cover...

Added Tim's new grungeblock letters - inked bases with black soot and the letters with brushed corduroy distress ink.   Loving the chunky dimension of these!  Then added a UTEE mask - found the mold at Michael's in their polymer clay section.  Used black UTEE for the mold and then brushed with heirloom gold perfect pearls.

The back cover is much the same....

This binder will eventually find a home at The Queen's Ink as a store sample... hence, the addition to my signature stamp....

Once I had the two covers done, I also covered the spine with kraft resist paper, added the binder ring, and then wrapped sticky back canvas (colored with vintage photo distress stain) around the outside of the binder, covering the front cover, spine and back cover, hinging them together.
Confession time... when I added the binder rings with the brads, I didn't like the "lumpy" feel on the canvas with the brad backing underneath... so I poked the brads all the way through the canvas, and then covered them up with Tim's measuring tape... not technically the way it's supposed to go, but I do like the result! 

On the inside, I used Tim's tissue tape to cover the seams between the covers and spine.

Here's a side view of the binder to give you a teeny sneak peak at the pages coming over the next few days...

I've also been completely preoccupied and busy making preparations to have a certain house-guest from merry old England!  Yes!  I may have mentioned.... In just 8 short days.... I will be at Ranger Industries... hoping that there is a big window looking into the Ranger U classroom so that I can sneak a little peak at the final moments of this year's Ranger U.... and searching the room to find Hels!   (remember the stuffed Garfield cat toys with suction cups on the paws that people would stick in the windows of their cars?  That will be ME looking into that classroom.... I know..... so pathetic.... I don't care... I'm so excited!) 

I'm excited for Hels that she was accepted to Ranger U... really... to be hand-selected by Tim Holtz... quite the honor... not that I'm surprised... and I'm *really* excited that Ranger is only 3 short hours from home!  I'll be driving up on Sunday afternoon.... meeting her at Ranger.... and then going out to dinner with Hels AND the lovely Linda Ledbetter!  Seriously, how lucky am I ??? 

But then.... it gets even better!  I'll spend the night in New Jersey, then Hels and I will drive back to Baltimore on Monday and she'll be staying here with me for the whole week! 

Hope you'll come back to see what's inside the binder!  Have a happy and safe Easter!

~ ellen.

April 13, 2011

New Life

Hi everyone!

I've been working on this tag for a while and finally finished it tonight!  It's amazing what some new stash from Tim Holtz will do to inspire that last finishing touch!  When I think about it, this tag must be inspired by SPRING... new life.... growth.... good stuff.... 

This week's theme over on the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge is to show something distressed.  This tag fits that theme so i thought I'd join in.  Click HERE to check it out and play along.

I started by painting a standard #8 tag with black paint dabber.  Then I stamped the script background (Studio 490) in distress embossing ink and embossed in clear embossing powder.  Then I used the meadow paint dabber and painted over that again, let it dry just a little bit, and wiped over the entire tag with a baby wipe.  The clear embossed script resists the meadow paint and you're left with an awesome two-tone background.  LOVE! 

Then I used some white airbrush paint and dripped it down the length of the tag, and sprayed with water to let it blend and bleed and ... DRIP!  I love the antiqued, shabby-chic look of the whitewash.

I wanted to add the keyhole but didn't want it to be so shiny, so I went at it with a white paint dabber and rubbed off excess before it dried completely.

The leafy vine is from Wendy Vecchi's new Art Parts line.  Used multi medium to adhere to patterned paper by Queen Bee (Pink Paisley), and very carefully cut around the entire vine with a craft knife.  It's a little tedious, but so worth it.  Sanded all the edges and added some vintage photo distress ink to blend the paper with the art part base.

The scalloped trim at the top and bottom of the tag is also paper from the Queen Bee stack.  The pieces are actually the scrap leftover from the Tim Holtz rosette die.  Saw someone use this recently - I think it was Tammy Tutterow - genius!  At the bottom of the tag there is also some Tim Holtz elastic trim.  Used the tiny attacher to attach the trim to the tag, and then used foam tape to adhere the scallop trim over that.

The "grow" letters are from Tim's new alpha parts - seriously love them and will be using them often! And I really love that they are pre-sticky-fied... (I think I just invented a new word... but you know what I mean...),  They come in black, but the black wasn't popping enough with so much black in the background, so I hit them with the meadow paint dabber as well.  Can still see the black edges, which gives them some depth.

And final finishing touches - added the "life" key with a memo clip, and the ribbons at the top are also from Tim's trimmings - died with shabby shutters and scattered straw distress ink.

Hope you enjoy - love the embossed resist technique over the black paint - lots of possibilities.

By the way.... I haven't mentioned it yet, which is shocking, but I've been bursting with excitement for my good friend Hels!  You probably know by now.... she was accepted to Ranger U!  And if that wasn't enough... Ranger is only 3 short hours from me... so.... I'm going to pick her up on the last day and bring her home with me for a whole week!  YIPPEEE!!!  Hels is coming to America!  I'm accepting all donations of her favorite snack in the known universe.... which sadly is not available in England.... CHEESY CHESTER CHEETOS!  The original crunchy kind.  LOL!

I never would have dreamed a year ago that I would have an awesome friend in England, AND that not only would I be lucky enough to go visit her once but TWICE, but that she would also be coming to visit ME!  LIFE IS GOOD!  And to think....it's all because of our art, and others sharing our passion for art.  Amazing...I am so thankful. 

Have a great week!

~ ellen. xx

April 7, 2011

Bucket Book - Canvas Travel Fantasy Album


Long time no blog!  Last weekend I went away with a bunch of crafty friends for a long-weekend art retreat and had a blast!  We spent the entire weekend making art, talking, laughing, sharing life stories - what could be better?  The only down side is that we get VERY little sleep... so I've been catching up on that ever since... hence the lateness of this posting!

If you missed out on Donna Downey's Inspiration Week recently, you've simply GOT to check it out.  Click HERE for a summary post with a link to each of the 7 videos.  I was so inspired by this project that I did one of my own canvas albums, using many of Donna's techniques, but with my own "spin". 

This week's theme on the Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge is to make anything but a card... and since this definitely isn't a card.... I thought I'd join in the fun.... Click HERE to check it out.

I've shown this to some people, and we've decided it should be called "The Bucket Book"... it's a book of places that I want to travel to in my life.  Some places I want to go because I have family history there, and some places I want to go simply because there are awesome sights to be seen.  Here's a few pix of the finished pages in groups... then I'll share the page-by-page pix..

Every page was started by doing a photo transfer using Golden gel medium (which I have discovered is absolutely the BEST for doing photo transfers!) and a laser printed black & white photo, and then white washing over the photo to "push" it into the background.  Like I've said, I'm really working on building layers into my art, and this project was a *perfect* opportunity to practice!! 

After the white-washing, layers of texture, patterns and color were added using stamps, stencils, masks, sprays, paints, distress inks, flocked iron-ons, perfect pearl mists, lots of drippage, my current favorite technique, tissue paper, text quotes, grungeboard letters, and other embellishments...

Here are the individual pages.... click on each pic for a closer look....

If you're interested in the techniques used in these pages, go check out Donna's videos - you will learn SOOO much, and they are just fun to watch!  I'm still working on finishing the canvas binder for the pages, but here it is so far..... used Ranger color wash sprays, lots of water, and white airbrush paint.

Hope you've enjoyed "The Bucket Book" --- I kept the descriptions intentionally brief because, in all honesty, this is DONNA's project.... and you will love the videos... please check them out!  You won't regret it!

Have a great rest-of-the-week! 

~ ellen. xx